Windows 10: how to turn OFF EFS - Encrypting File System for files e folder

  1.    31 Jan 2017 #1

    how to turn OFF EFS - Encrypting File System for files e folder


    hello guys, i need some help here

    i tryed these steps

    1- with a new text file->proprieties->advanced->turn on crittography

    2- now the file icon have a lock icon.

    3- if a make a new text file or folder, are always locked(lock icon)

    Is releated with EFS? i can i turn OFF this option, disable the efs service seem not working

    i have win 10 pro

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       31 Jan 2017 #2

    But before disabling it, enable the service and run this command to decrypt all the files:

    cipher /d /s:C:\

    Then run this and restart:

    fsutil behavior set disableencryption 1
    sc config EFS start= disabled
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  3.    31 Jan 2017 #3

    thanks for fast reply.

    i followed your suggested steps, but there is a new problem.

    When i try rename a file just created i receive erroe "files of folder not exit"

    :\
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       31 Jan 2017 #4

    That command decrypts only files on C drive, if you have them on other drives, you need to change it.

    Start the service (EFS is already disabled, so it does not matter), rerun the command and try to rename the file.

    sc config EFS start= demand
    net start EFS
    cipher /d /s:C:\
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  5.    31 Jan 2017 #5

    i created a new text file on my desktop after your suggsted steps

    But before disabling it, enable the service and run this command to decrypt all the files:

    cipher /d /s:C:\

    Then run this and restart:

    fsutil behavior set disableencryption 1
    sc config EFS start= disabled
    now i can't rename that file, i receive ""files of folder not exit"
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       31 Jan 2017 #6

    Well in the worst case scenario, enable EFS back ON and restart. I guess you are not using bitlocker?!

    fsutil behavior set disableencryption 1
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  7.    31 Jan 2017 #7

    i'm not using bitlocker.


    i enable EFS back ON and restart
    fsutil behavior set disableencryption 1

    done.

    the problem TO rename the file is only present if the is on desktop, if a create a new file on documents folder there is no problem.

    edit: my Desktop folder is here:
    D:\Utenti\Alex\Desktop, Desktop folder has lock icon.



    i tryed unlock Desktop folder with

    sc config EFS start= demand
    net start EFS
    cipher /d /s:D:\Utenti\Alex\Desktop

    but not work, the problem seem related deksktop locked folder. :\



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       31 Jan 2017 #8

    Try to take ownership of the desktop folder.
    Code:
    takeown /f "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" /a /r /d y
    icacls "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" /inheritance:r /grant:r Administrators:(OI)(CI)F /t /c
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  •    31 Jan 2017 #9

    @TairikuOkami

    thanks a lot for your help.


    I fixed the desktop lock folder. i move that folder in a new Desktop folder.

    just a question:

    - at default, EFS and
    disableencryption is on or off?

    again thanks for your input




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       31 Jan 2017 #10

    blueskyler said: View Post
    - at default, EFS and disableencryption is on or off?
    By default EFS is ON, but the user has to choose, what to encrypt, it does not encrypt files by itself (mostly).

    Though some software/apps might use it, like 1Password does, to prevent other users from accessing its data.
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